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FEATURED MOVER | Meredith Girard, Mid-Shore Pro Bono

Meredith Lathbury Girard, Esq. was named the first managing attorney for Mid-Shore Pro Bono, an Easton-based nonprofit that connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources across the Eastern Shore.

In this role, Girard will oversee and manage all of the organization’s legal projects, including the Economic Stability Project, Elder Law Project, Family Law Project and Vulnerable Populations Assistance Project. This newly-created position is critical to expanding MSPB’s capacity to serve the community’s legal needs.

In addition to overseeing legal programs, Girard will also help educate and empower MSPB’s volunteer attorney network, cultivate community partnerships and help raise funds to support programs and organizational sustainability.

Girard comes to MSPB following nearly eight years with the Town Creek Foundation where she served as the senior program officer and led more than $30 million in grant making to restore the Chesapeake Bay and reform the region’s food and agriculture system through policy advocacy, legal enforcement and communications. Prior to her work with the Town Creek Foundation, she was the director of land acquisition and planning with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources where she led Maryland’s nationally-recognized Program Open Space.

Girard’s land-use and environmental background also includes her roles as the director of land protection with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, vice president of conservation and general counsel for the Potomac Conservancy and a natural resources planner with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. She was the 2008 winner of the Aileen Hughes Award for Outstanding Leadership in Land Conservation.

Girard is a graduate of the Vermont Law School and Penn State University and is a member of the Maryland and federal bars.

She is active member of the community. She currently serves as co-leader of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay’s Troop 855 and has served on the Rural Maryland Council’s Grants Review Board, Steering Team of the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, as well as co-chair of Washington Regional Food Funders and Chesapeake Bay Funders Network.

Girard lives in Easton with her husband, Alan Girard, and three children. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping and sailing with her family.

Meredith Lathbury Girard, Esq., managing attorney for Mid-Shore Pro Bono.

Meredith Lathbury Girard, Esq., managing attorney for Mid-Shore Pro Bono.

ABOUT MEREDITH GIRARD

Resides in:

Easton

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in economics from Penn State University, Juris Doctor and Master of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School

What’s at the top of your priority list for Mid-Shore Pro Bono?

My top priority is for Mid Shore Pro Bono to expand its capacity to serve the legal needs of the Eastern Shore Community. I’m also eager to engage more Eastern Shore attorneys in pro bono representation, helping us with advice and expertise, and donating funds to support access to justice.

If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?

I would have been a musician – what could be better than lifting people’s hearts with beautiful music.

Favorite vacation:

Costa Rica – the coffee and chocolate were amazing.

When I want to relax, I … :

Go for a walk in the woods

Favorite band:

Thievery Corporation

Favorite quotation:

“The function of freedom is to free someone else.” -Toni Morrison

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